May 15, 2009

Granola Bars

Granola bars
MUNCH RATING: 3/5
 
This is the latest experiment for the perfect snack bar for Steve to take to work to stave off the munchies!
I’ve called them Granola Bars because they contain the ingredients that I bought to make granola and even though they taste a lot like flapjacks, the fruit makes them soft and chewy, whilst the cornflakes make them nice and crunchy.
These are by far my favourite, but this recipe has quite a lot of butter, sugar and golden syrup which doesn’t make them very healthy, so I’m going to try and cut down on the sugar next time as there’s a lot of sweetness in the fruit.


  • Makes: 16-18
  • Oven temperature: Gas mark 4/350°F/180°C
  • Cooking time: 20-25 minutes
  • You will need: 12 x 7inch tin (or two 8 inch square tins), lined with greaseproof paper as it makes removal from the tin easier. 

Ingredients:
  • 175g/6oz butter
  • 175g/6oz light brown sugar
  • 5 Tablespoons golden syrup
  • 1 eating apple, peeled and chopped into small pieces
  • 75g/3oz dried apricots, chopped into small pieces
  • 75g/3oz dried pineapple, chopped into small pieces
  • 300g/11oz porridge oats
  • 50g/2oz cornflakes, slightly crushed 

Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to Gas mark 4/350°F/180°C.
  2. In a large saucepan gently melt the butter, sugar and golden syrup over a low heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Remove from the heat and stir in all the fruit, porridge oats and cornflakes, until well combined.
  4. Tip into your tin/tins and gently press down with the back of a spoon to bind the mixture.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes near the top of the oven until golden brown and firm.
  6. Allow to cool for 10 minutes, then cut into bars.
  7. Leave to cool completely before lifting them out of the tin.

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